Last night at Holman prison an emergency situation developed as ALL of the officers assigned to the second shift waged a historic work strike for the first time in the history of the Alabama Department of Corrections.
Assistant Commissioner Grantt Culliver was dispatched to the prison, where he then had to order supervisors from another prison, Atmore CF, to report to Holman prison just to be able to serve meals. The officers at Holman, who have been defying ADOC policy and speaking publicly to the media, had communicated their plans to F.A.M. members, and expressed their support for non-violent and peaceful demonstrations against the human rights conditions existent at Holman.
Officers have also complained about overcrowding and the need for a mass release, more education and rehabilitation programs, as well as issues with disease and filth. Officers reserved their harshest criticism towards the Commissioner’s officer and what they perceive as a lack leadership from Commissioner Dunno and Culliver.
If anyone witnessed the events leading up to the three arrests at Starbucks on Friday, and particularly if anyone has pictures or video of what happened, please contact email@example.com . It could be very important to the cases of the three arrestees, who are facing trumped-up felony charges for things they didn’t do.
On Friday protesters from many groups including Atlanta Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, Anarchist Black Cross, and Street Groomers staged a march through Midtown targeting corporations which profit from prison slavery.
Inmates across the country are engaged in strikes and resistance against the prison system, demanding fair pay for their labor and an end to inhumane conditions.
To support the unprecedented prison strike, we visited Wendy’s, McDonalds, Aramark and Starbucks; all companies which exploit prison labor. Police were aggressive and hostile, at one point trying to run over protesters with a squad car. When the march reached Starbucks, police violently arrested three protesters, indiscriminately macing bystanders and even other officers. A Starbucks customer has claimed that the protest attacked him, but this is false. It appears that the police were looking for any excuse to crack down on the protest.
The real crime is the prison system’s abuse, and we reject efforts by the police and corporate power to distract the issue with false charges and unfounded accusations.
Donate to help us free the 3 protesters who were arrested during today’s march.
[updated 8:30am 09/10/16]
Today marks the beginning of the national prison strike. Prisoners all over the country are going on strike and refusing to cooperate with the unjust prison system. They are demanding decent pay for work, decent food and living conditions, and an end to inhumane practices like solitary confinement.
In Atlanta, supporters marched through Midtown and disrupted several corporations which profit from prison slavery. Wendy’s, McDonalds, Aramark, and Starbucks all got a visit. When the march got to Starbucks, police made several violent arrests, using pepper spray and slamming people to the pavement. At one point, police even tried to run marchers over with a squad car.
We are working hard to make sure all the protesters get free as soon as possible, so everyone can continue doing the important work of supporting the ongoing prison strike. We can’t get them out without enough bail money though, so if you’re able to contribute, please follow the link below:
The three Atlanta protesters are at the Fulton County Jail. Each of them is facing multiple felony charges and no bond has been set. Given the nature and number of the charges, we are expecting their bonds to be set high. Please share the donation link with your friends and other supporters of the prison strike. If you were there during the arrests or would like to give support in any other way, please contact Atlanta Black Cross through the contact page on this site.
From contact inside: “12:01 Sept 9th, all inmates at Holman Prison refused to report to their prison jobs without incident. With the rising of the sun came an eerie silence as the men at Holman laid on their racks reading or sleeping. Officers are performing all tasks.”
[…] a revolt at Holmes Correctional in Florida’s Panhandle on Wednesday night, involving more than 400 inmates, caused damage to nearly every dorm during an uprising that lasted into the early morning. No one was seriously injured, but the department is concerned that the disturbance might be a harbinger of what’s to come.
The prison is currently shut down due to extensive damage, and all inmates had to be transported to other prisons.
On September 8th, there will be a film screening of Ghosts of Attica, followed by a discussion about prisoner resistance in history and today. We will include thoughts from current prisoners on the upcoming national prison strike.
On Sept 10th, Atlanta ABC is organizing a caravan to Donaldson Prison in Alabama to show visible support for the striking inmates there. The demonstration begins at 10am, we will leave Atlanta early Saturday morning. Please get in touch if you can participate.
Please circulate these materials to spread the word about the upcoming solidarity action for the September 9th prison strike. If you need printed flyers to distribute, contact us and we will get you some.
Continuing a tradition of confrontational noise demonstrations at correctional facilities in Atlanta, GA, dozens of people converged last night on the DeKalb County Jail to offer a small gesture of support, disruption, and solidarity with all those struggling against the American prison nightmare.
We do this for our friends, family and loved ones currently facing repression, in anticipation of the national prison strike set to occur on September 9th, and to show our comrades currently in revolt in Alabama and elsewhere that they are not alone in the fight against slavery and domination.
With banners reading “Burn the American Plantation: Holman to Milwaukee” and “End Prison Slavery: Attica to Holman,” we entered the jail’s vestibule and attempted to pass into the lobby, but were prevented by an exceptionally heavy police presence. This is not the first time there’s been a noise demonstration at this facility, and the correctional officers there were eager to settle the score. When fireworks started going off in the doors of the detention center, corrections officers responded immediately by tackling and arresting one demonstrator, and aggressively pushing others out of the vestibule. We made sure to litter the lobby with confetti reading “SOLIDARITY,” “FUCK THE POLICE,” and advertising for the national prison strike before we left.
Back outside, we set off more fireworks and banged on drums, light poles, bus stations, and anything else that resonated. We shined powerful LED lights into cell windows and police cameras, and sang songs and chanted amidst the mounting DeKalb County Police presence. Dozens of prisoners banged their fists against the windows, some rhythmically bashing their mattresses against them to the sound of our drums.
The vast and open terrain at this facility was particularly unfavorable to us, and while our confrontational energy created space between us and the officers, it proved highly difficult to disperse safely without being followed. At the close of the night, some demonstrators returning to their cars found their only exit blocked off by police cruisers. After a small group was detained by almost twenty deputies, one protester was ultimately singled out and arrested on a prior warrant.
It is only in the space of revolt that we gain the strategic intelligence necessary to actually disrupt the systems of oppression that govern our lives. While our spirits were joyful and rebellious throughout the night, the arrests of two of our comrades confirm our need for more numbers, deeper organization, and more tactical experience together in the streets.
We condemn the DeKalb Police Department and the entire Justice system for maintaining and enforcing the racial and economic ordering of society.
We demand the immediate release of those incarcerated for their participation in this demonstration, as well as the immediate release of all persons held in isolation and bondage by the American prison system.
Support is still needed for those arrested. One comrade has been bailed out, and is facing misdemeanor charges of Simple Assault and Obstruction. The second comrade is still in custody awaiting arraignment, and is facing charges of felony Criminal Damage to Property and Simple Assault. To support, please contribute to the bail fundraiser, and consider organizing actions in your own area.
It is our duty to fight for our freedom.
It is our duty to win.